Updated: Nov. 2014 - Demi Moore's age-defying physique at 52 is due to a raw vegan diet, Pilates and yoga workouts.
Sources said Demi follows a mostly raw vegan diet that features organic vegetables, fruits, green juices, smoothies, and soups. Raw food devotees believe that eating greens, nuts, and seeds heated below 118°F preserves vitamins and minerals.
Supermodel Carol Alt, 53, told me in an exclusive interview a raw food diet promotes easy weight loss and slows down the aging process. This is because vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and carotenoids, plant-based antioxidants that fight the free radical damage linked to aging.
"I'm never hungry, and my body is nourished," said Alt, author of Easy Sexy Raw. "Because raw food is so nutritionally dense, it’ll feed your body. A healthy diet is everything."
Demi's beauty secret is fragrance-free moisturizer. "My skin is very sensitive, so I use only fragrance-free, simple, pure products," said Moore. "And I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If you focus on good skin care, your skin will be balanced, and then you really won't need a lot of makeup."
Moore, who admitted she was obsessed with being young and skinny, used to do punishing daily workouts that included running six miles a day, long-distance cycling, and lifting weights for up to two hours daily. Ironically, Demi got thinner and fitter after scaling back on her intense exercise sessions during her 40s.
Today, Demi's workouts are low-impact and mainly include yoga and Pilates. Yoga is an excellent anti-aging workout because it builds lean muscle, strengthens your core, and reduces stress, said Mandy Ingber, author of Yogalosophy.
Ingber has taught yoga to her close friend Jennifer Aniston for the past 20 years and is responsible for Jennifer's youthful physique.
Despite being hailed for her fit physique, Moore confessed she suffered from poor body image and sometimes hated her body.
"I have had a love-hate relationship with my body," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body. And that includes not just my weight, but all of the things that come with your changing body."
Over the years, tabloids speculated that Moore had gotten over $500,000 in plastic surgery, from facelifts to breast surgeries to liposuction to a kneecap lift. Demi has repeatedly denied these rumors.
"[The constant cosmetic surgery speculation] feels like schoolyard name-calling; it hurts," she said. "Maybe one day I'll go under the knife. It just irritates me that people are constantly saying how much I've spent on plastic surgery."
After decades of suffering a neurotic preoccupation with being sexy, Moore said she ultimately found that beauty and thinness never truly made her happy.
"I had an extreme obsession with my body," she said. "I made it a measure of my own value. "I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over. But it never lasted, and ultimately it didn't bring me anything but temporary happiness."